Due to an error in space for the July 2 sports section, these stories will not appear in print, but will be here online.
By Tyler Ohmann
Rick Schlieman was the hero in a 3-2 win for the Lastrup Lakers over Buckman, Sunday, June 24, as he went yard with two outs in the
bottom of the 10th to earn Lastrup a walkoff win.
The blast broke a 2-2 tie that had lasted since the fourth inning.
Brad Meyer was also a big part in the Lastrup Lakers’ win, which ascended them to the top of the crowded Victory League East Division.
The Lakers hurler went nine innings, allowing just two runs on nine hits in a 3-2 victory over Buckman, Sunday, June 25.
Buckman was led by Jeremy Monson, who went the distance for the Billygoats on the mound. He allowed three runs on six hits in an extended start.
The victory was just step one for the Lakers. Lastrup also had to win against Cuyuna, Tuesday, which they did handily, 14-3 in seven innings.
That pushed the Lakers’ record to 9-3 with only a rematch with Buckman left on the schedule, Saturday, July 8.
Meyer went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and five RBIs in the big time victory.
Buckman improved to 8-2 and remained within a half game of the Lakers with a 10-6 victory later on that evening against the Pierz Brewers (8-4).
In that one, Matt Tautges blasted a two-run bomb, and scored three times. Noah Boser also went deep in the victory.
Brian Kiel led the Brewers in the loss, with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored.
The Brewers were coming off a 14-4 win in seven innings over the Pierz Bulldogs from even earlier Sunday.
The Brewers took advantage of 12 free passes, and Breck Weber drove in four runs in the win.
David Skiba drove in one of the fourth Bulldogs runs in the loss.
In other east division action, the Pierz Bulldogs earned their first win, 8-1, over Royalton, Wednesday.
Drew Elness went all nine for the Bulldogs, striking out eight. Austin Dickmann cleared the fences with a home run for Pierz.
Nate Benusa ripped three hits for Royalton in the loss.
Skis remain undefeated, in first in west division
The Sobieski Skis lost 7-3 to Raymond in the Town Ball Classic, Saturday, June 24, but earned a 16-6 win in seven innings over Randall to remain undefeated in Victory League play, Sunday, June 25.
The Skis kept their view from on top of the west division in large part thanks to Tyler Jendro.
Jendro not only got the win on the mound with four innings of scoreless pitching, but also was 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs to lead the offense.
Jake Kapphahn also blasted a homer for Sobieski.
Ricky Drew did his best for the Cubs, scoring twice and driving in two more runs in the loss.
Randall dropped to 4-6 with the loss, while Sobieski improved to 11-0 in Victory League play.
In the only other west division action in a quiet week, Swanville was beaten twice.
First, the Swans fell 12-1 in seven innings against St. Stephen, Saturday, June 24.
Derek Pfeiffer’s solo home run was the lone blemish on the Steves in the game.
Swanville lost again Sunday, June 25, falling 9-1 against St. Wendel.
Colton Kruzel drove in Zach Gutormson for the only Swanville run.
The Swans drop to 1-10 on the year with two games remaining.
Ft. Ripley wraps up North
A doubleheader sweep of Cuyuna clinched the Ft. Ripley Rebels the Victory League North Division, Sunday, June 25.
The Rebels crushed Cuyuna 11-1 in the first contest.
Rhett Williamson scored three times.
Brett Kramer went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs to lead Ft. Ripley to a 9-2 win in the second contest.
The victories pushed the Rebels to a perfect 9-0 record with four contests remaining. Nisswa and Aitkin are tied at 4-4.
Lastly in north division action, Aitkin won 8-6 over St. Mathias.
Cody Meyer was cruising along for the Devils, tossing a perfect game into the seventh inning, but allowed three runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth. He did finish with 10 strikeouts in eight innings.
The schedule for Sunday, July 2 includes: St. Mathias at Ft. Ripley (noon), Aitkin at Royalton (1:30 p.m.), Randall at St. Wendel (1:30 p.m.), Swanville at Flensburg (1:30 p.m.) and Sobieski at Upsala (1:30 p.m.).